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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 27, 2011 6:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Itunes, ipod

Would someone take pity on a middle aged idiot who can't figure out how to get files into itunes?
Honestly. I am ripping my hair out. I have done it before but now I cannot do it.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jan 27, 2011 6:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Adding music and other contents into iTunes

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1473

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 28, 2011 6:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Thanks!

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 27, 2011 8:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

I'm a real techno-neanderthal, and am further "gifted" with a complete disinterest in putzing around with anything mechanical, which is how people figure stuff out. So naturally that one flummoxed me, too.

Plus, it's not as if iTunes help pages address the specialized needs of folks who want to load SHOWS. (Since when did you read "show" on a help page?) I finally figured out a show isn't a "file," but a "folder." (Like an album.)

So, after a lot of painful putzing around, here's how I finally figured out to get music from my computer to my iTunes (and hence iPod).

1) Click on "file" (at the way top left above the arrows.) That'll bring up a menu of things, most of which are utterly perplexing. Ignore them, except for ...

2) Click "add folder to library."

3) That'll bring up a way to search for where your show lives. Maybe on your desktop, or in a folder on your desktop, or however you organize stuff. Find the show you want.

4) Aha! Found it! Click on that once, to make it blue.

5) It's blue, right? Now look below and find the thing called "select folder." Click on that. Then you'll see it loading into iTunes

Presto! It's in iTunes! Now when you synch, it'll be on your iPod. It's probably automatically checked. If not, hover over the show, right click, and click on "check selection."

Of course, this made me realize that I've probably forgotten how to load CDs onto iTunes. I've done it, but ... well, it's not in automatic memory ...



This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-01-28 04:59:29

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jan 27, 2011 10:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Your version sounds better than mine. :)

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jan 27, 2011 10:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

I'm way past the middle-age part, but this is what I do. When I'm in iTunes, I press Ctrl-O, which is the shortcut for adding files. In the dialog box that opens, browse to where the file resides on your hard drive, select it, and then click Open. It's in iTunes. You can select multiple files in a folder or even press Ctrl-A to select all files within a folder. Once in iTunes, right-click a file, click Get Info and you can set genre info, edit information, etc. Is this what you want?

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 28, 2011 6:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Thanks to both you and Althea. Unfortunately this is what I always do, and something else must be wrong. I can't understand it 'cus I'm not doing anything differently.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 28, 2011 7:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Oh no. That can happen?!?

I think maybe you listened to too much '68 and traveled into a worm hole. I'm not sure how to un-messify an iTunes in that condition, but try putting on some acoustic. A nice Rosalie McFall may calm it down and make it amenable to any of the techie fixes suggested. Hope it works :-)



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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 28, 2011 6:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Here are some prior threads on it...if you're really stuck, you can contact me and I'll walk you thru it.

One major query: when you first plug in your ipod, and the itunes pg comes up, you can "go" to "my ipod" (whatever), and check "manual" (rather than "sync"), as described in these threads...this allows you to do all of this, and if I can do it, you can do it...easier than letting it "do it for you" if you ever move folders, rename them, etc., etc., etc.

http://www.archive.org/post/176336/anti-i-tunes

http://www.archive.org/post/136267/itunes-question

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 28, 2011 7:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Last time you offered to "walk me thru it" I woke up in Saigon, face down in a holding cell with a very curious tatoo of a leering clown on my left ass cheek.

No thank you.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 28, 2011 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Damn--I just KNEW we left there with some unfinished bizness. Of course, it's been a long while that I was limber enough to see what you, Dire and Rob had artistically imprinted on my cheeks (ahem...they both were covered in those delicate sheets of plastic indicating a tatoo of an epidermal inkwork variety...I do recall that led to a sigh of relief, knowing THAT was the only reason my ass ached).

Good to know ur right cheek is available--"tabula rasa" and all.

Next time my friend, next time...

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 28, 2011 12:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Next time?

Maybe when the cow jumps over the moon.

Or is that too close to a Dire-related Ass Fantasy?




Wow, I hope it's almost time to go home; I don't like where this is going...

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 28, 2011 1:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

neither do I



This post was modified by direwolf0701 on 2011-01-28 21:26:56

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 28, 2011 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Thanks much.
Trust me, the mess already existing in my itunes library is a story unto itself ... some day I'll straighten it out. For now I'd just like to be able to get files into itunes ...

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 28, 2011 6:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

I do the following:

Make a Playlist for the show in the left hand column in iTunes

Highlight all tracks of show in file on PC

Drag and drop tracks into the show's playlist in I-Tunes

Once show is in iTunes, I highlight all the tracks, select "Advanced" from the top menu, select "Gapless Playback" from the list (this will remove all gaps between songs)

This step is purely optional:
While tracks still highlighted, click on "Advanced" from the toolbar and select "Create AAC version". This will create new versions of each track in AAC format which is a little smaller than MP3, allowing more shows to fit on you iPod. This process takes a few minutes depending on your RAM. Once complete, delete the MP3 tracks.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 28, 2011 7:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Drag and drop isn't working either. Even my techno-teenager was mystified. It may be my crappy laptop rather than itunes.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 27, 2011 6:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

it depends on how you set up your ipod. Do you have a specific playlist for your ipod or do you have your ipod set up such that you have to manually select the music that goes on? If you plug your ipod in, when it is synced to itunes you should be able to get that information by clicking on the icon for your ipod. If manual then you have to make sure the boxes are checked for that music. If a specific playlist, drag the new music to the playlist for you ipod.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 27, 2011 7:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Never mind. Thanks, I just shouldn't have asked, it is too late at night and I have no brain left. I'll try again tomorrow.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 27, 2011 7:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

okay, good night and good luck.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 27, 2011 7:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Thanks

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Jan 28, 2011 6:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

I use Itunes for all my music but I store all my music on an external drive but even if you store it on your C drive it should work the same. When you open your itnues click on the "file" name in the top hand right corner, then click on add file or folder, I do it by folder. Once you click on that a screen will come up prompting you to tell itunes where you want to bring the files from. If it is in "my music" area on your C drive then just scroll through and find the folder you want to import and then it automatically does it for you. If you have your music on an external drive then do the exact same thing. Hope this helps. I then go in to the file highlight it fix what I want the album to be and give it cover art mostly found from the deadlists project.!

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 28, 2011 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Thanks .. honest that's exactly what I've done in the past. I've got some other weird problem, obviously.

I do remember that the last few times I downloaded a show from sugarmegs, it said the file wasn't in the right format, asked "Do you want to convert it etc"- I clicked yes and it proceeded to convert. Now, that is not happening. It just sits there. Something is outta whack.

Googling around I find lots of people moaning about this same problem and the advice to reinstall itunes. Arrrrrgggggghh

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 28, 2011 12:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

Actually, this won't be hard to do: if you delete current itunes, you can "dump" it, and then when you plug in your ipod, it'll prompt you to DL the current version, like the first time, easily, and now you'll have the screens scroll by that you can select "manual" (you control everything) rather than "sync" if you want to take this approach (which is easier, IMHO, even for us Luddites, esp if you have mult files/folders, some of which are utlimately used for your ipod, but others you want to keep sep; again, if you use one computer for all your music biz).

BTW, prior to deletion, you can "find" your itunes library by poking around on your "C" (usu) hard-drive, and see it's a huge folder with all tunes as MP3, if you've been letting it do things for you, convert all songs you "put" into it, etc., etc. You can "copy this folder", your itunes library, and ultimately dump it back into your "new itunes" system that you've reinstalled, as above.

I've done this a handful of times, esp because the family has often been using one puter for mult. ipods (this is esp impt vis-a-vis the "sync" option...can you imagine the wife's reaction when her ipod was "sync'd" to the DEAD library for mine? Yikes!).

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 28, 2011 12:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

>can you imagine the wife's reaction when her ipod was "sync'd" to the DEAD library for mine?

I think there's an inspiration for Cliff for another video ... Why is there Grateful Dead on my ipod. I want a divorce.

Thanks for all the advice. I will save it, but I can't face reinstalling itunes right now. Mind you I am focusing in an absurd way on a small difficulty with my ipod as an excuse not to tackle 400 things that I need to do that are actually important.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 28, 2011 1:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

"An excuse not to tackle the 400 things I need to do that are actually important"

I'm pretty sure that was the original name of this forum.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 29, 2011 8:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

LOL! Definitely goes in the Top Ten Lines.

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Jan 28, 2011 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Itunes, ipod

I hope that is not the case but good luck!